Here you will find original photos and images that I have created. Photography and digital art have become very enjoyable creative outlets for me.
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‘Shroom Mandala (#2)

This is the 2nd photo mandala I have created.  I’ve improved since the first one 🙂

I have this thing for taking pictures of mushrooms or any type of random fungus growing on stumps or downed trees.  I just get all giddy when I spot a little ‘shroom pushing up out of the ground.

I’ll often be laying on the ground, with my camera peaking at the underside of a mushroom.  I wonder….what would the fairies see as they are walking through the forest and aim to take pictures from their perspective.

Here is the original photo:

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Don’t ask me what type of mushroom this was because I have absolutely no idea. I just received a copy of the Complete Mushroom Hunter book which will be helpful for identifying ‘shrooms in the future.  I also look forward to harvesting and eating some of these delightful little fungi once I am comfortable and confident with identifying the poisonous and non-poisonous ones.

Did you know that the study of fungi (that’s what mushrooms fall under) is called Mycology?  I had no clue.  Well, learn something new everyday.  I found the NJ Mycological Association website which looks like it could be right up my alley!

Beach Mandala – Island Beach State Park (#1)

This is my first photo mandala.  I was inspired to do this by seeing some beautiful mandalas created from photos from some talented artists on Etsy.

I created this mandala from a photo I took at Island Beach State Park in NJ on September 9, 2012 (pre-Sandy). As of this post, Island Beach State Park is currently closed due to storm damage.  To find out if it is open before you plan a visit, check out the official state park website here.

Island Beach is right next to Seaside Park (which is next to Seaside Heights).  You can learn more about the history of the area in the Seaside Park Images of America book.